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  • The Right Side of History

  • How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great
  • Autor: Ben Shapiro
  • Sprecher: Ben Shapiro
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 6 Min.
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Religion
  • 4,6 out of 5 stars (54 Bewertungen)

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    America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times best-selling author Ben Shapiro, and we shouldn't fill it with politics and hate.

    In 2016, Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required from 10 UC campuses across the state to protect his speech, which was - ironically - about the necessity for free speech and rational debate. 

    He came to argue that Western civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas. Our freedoms are built upon the twin notions that every human being is made in God’s image and that human beings were created with reason capable of exploring God’s world. 

    We can thank these values for the birth of science, the dream of progress, human rights, prosperity, peace, and artistic beauty. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty, and gave billions spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens were the foundations of the Magna Carta and the Treaty of Westphalia; they were the foundations of the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. 

    Civilizations that rejected Jerusalem and Athens have collapsed into dust. The USSR rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, substituting a new utopian vision of “social justice” - and they starved and slaughtered tens of millions of human beings. The Nazis rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and they shoved children into gas chambers. Venezuela rejects Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and citizens of their oil-rich nation have been reduced to eating dogs.

    We are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, favoring instead moral subjectivism and the rule of passion. And we are watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can reject Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law and satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, or scientific materialism, or progressive politics, or authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity. 

    We can’t.

    The West is special, and in The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro bravely explains that it’s because too many of us have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives us each to be better, or the sacred duty to work together for the greater good, or both. A stark warning, and a call to spiritual arms, this audiobook may be the first step in getting our civilization back on track.

    ©2019 Ben Shapiro (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Sehr kurzweilig und prägnantes Buch

    Shapiro ist ein intellektuell belesener und gebildeter Mann aus der oberen Mittelschicht der US-Westküste. Die Art und Weise wie er argumentiert hat ihn zum Star gemacht - und für seine Kritiker zum Feinbild. Er polarisiert mit seinen Äußerungen und Thesen, diese fußen jedoch auf ausgesprochen breitem Fundus an Geschichte, Soziologie und Politik. Als Jurist versteht er sein Handwerk zu debattieren und Argumente sehr präzise zu formulieren. Zyniker werfen ihm vor ignorant zu sein, doch seine Dialoge mit Linken und Libertären zeigen vom genauen Gegenteil. Er hört die Gegenseite an, stellt kritische Fragen - seien sie noch so unangenehm. Und er reflektiert sich selbst und sucht die historische Auseinandersetzung mit Konservativen Ansichten und Gepflogenheiten. Für mich ist das Buch wie seine Kommentare und Podcasts anregend und vor allem kein Mainstream-Sprech. Shapiro ist für mich, wenn auch recht fokussiert auf die Geschehnisse in den USA, einer der wichtigsten Denker und Kommentatoren unserer neueren Zeit. Er liest teils etwas zu schnell, ich habe mich an seinen Stil jedoch gewöhnt und höre ihm gerne zu. Eine Empfehlung für Hörer, die sich abseits des politisch korrekten Mainstreams weiterbilden möchten.

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    Food for thought

    Fascinating read. I especially liked how Ben reasons about multiple ideas that were very counter-intuitive in their day and age (like that owning slaves is diminishing for the slave owner, not only for the slave) came out of the Bible and were unlikely to have spread without it. How religion pushed people to stay in monasteries and study the world in God's name, what became the foundation of knowledge gathering and eventually science. How the theory of evolution was a turning point when people collectively tried to find their place in the world "without God" and implications of that. The book ties together religion, works of great writers, scientists, philosophers, and thinkers. It's a must-read for anyone who likes to think about a variety of subjects because it shows that there are structure and connection between seemingly contrary ideas.

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    Boring

    It is basically the same as a philosophy class in catholic school. Boring and monoton, Shapiro reads like he is bored by his own book. Jordan Peterson goes over the same concepts in his free you tube lectures and makes it entertaining. Still don't get why Peterson and Shapiro cling so desperately to God, to each his own I guess. Also did you know Shapiros wife is a doctor!

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